MEDFORD, Ore.— Two suspects are behind bars after eluding police, and crashing into a median Thursday afternoon.
According to Medford Police, on Wednesday, a local physician called police to advise that he had become aware that unknown suspects were attempting to fraudulently fill prescriptions for pain medications at local pharmacies, using his name.
Officers began investigating these cases and on Thursday around 10:00 AM, Medford Police began receiving reports that the suspects in this case were being seen at pharmacies, by employees that were aware of the case.
Officers say they began responding to these pharmacies, but the suspects had left prior to their arrival.
Hours later, police got word the suspects were at the North Fred Meyer Pharmacy, attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription.
Officers say then then tried to make contact in the parking lot.
Police say the suspects fled the scene in a red 2017 Hyundai passenger car with California plates, recklessly onto Hwy 62, northbound.
Officers did not pursue the vehicle.
The vehicle was spotted multiple times as it traveled out of the city and then eastbound onto Vilas Rd, where it was again spotted turning south onto N. Phoenix Rd.
Police say they tried to deflate the tires several times and those attempts didn’t work.
Eventually, the suspects got onto Interstate 5 in Phoenix and headed north on Interstate 5.
A Jackson County Sheriff's deputy observed the vehicle exit I-5 at exit 30 onto Hwy 62, where it collided with a red 2010 Toyota Prius.
The two suspects then fled their car and ran into the Rogue Regency Inn.
Police say they set a perimeter around the hotel and the suspects fled out the back of the hotel and were captured by officers after a short foot pursuit.
A portion of Hwy 62 was shut down briefly while the damaged vehicles were removed and the accident was investigated by the Medford Police Traffic Team.
There were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash.
The two suspects in this case are currently in custody and are being lodged at the Jackson County Jail.
The suspects are 18-year-old Kenneth Anthony Perkins and 21-year-old Samuel Barreras Luna.
Both suspects are from California.
Their charges include tampering with drug records, identity theft, eluding, and more.
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